Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category
Friday, December 30th, 2011
3…2…1… Happy New Year! New Years Eve always brings parties, family, friends and resolutions. Still no plans for New Years Eve? Start the year off right and make a reservation at.
Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge
Granlibakken Resort is the perfect place to be for the New Year’s Holiday. Don’t worry about having to drive on New Year’s Eve because Granlibakken offers a party and a place to stay. For $195 you have lodging, festivities and an abundance of fun.
Enjoy a New Years Eve buffet party with all the guests ($195 rate includes two seats) at the Cedar House Pub. Dance the night away with music all night. Take a break from dancing for dessert and champagne at 11:30 p.m. As the countdown to the New Year stats make sure you have your date to kiss at midnight! Sip on champagne in traditional New Years Eve fashion and enjoy an evening with your friends and/or family.
Cheers to 2012!
While you’re visiting make sure to check out Tahoe City for the Shop Local Contest! All day every day Shop Local and win Prizes. For every $20 spent at a participating business earn a sticker, 3 stickers and you can enter to win prizes. 13 or more stickers and you are eligible for a Grand Prize worth $500.
So if you are undecided about New Years come to a place that has it all. Granlibakken is always happy to have you and is sure to offer an unforgettable celebration. Happy New Year!
Dance the night away.
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Last month, we took time out to introduce you to the extended Granlibakken family – our international staff. We continue to celebrate traditions the world over, most recently, ringing in the New Year with a Chinese theme to mark the Year of the Rabbit (the official start of the Chinese calendar being February 3, 2011).
All guests were invited to a formal, festive dinner of two seatings on December 31, 2010. Our menu offered something for everyone and in sticking with our theme, offered Sesame Yakisobe Noodles with Scallions, Asian Broccoli and Portobella Mushroom Salad, Asian Marinated Pork Chops, Panko-fried Tofu, a variety of stir fries, rices and more.
For good luck, guests could rub the stomach of our Laughing Buddha and mix and mingle from table to table, weaving amongst red, black and silver balloons. A DJ played all night and dancing made our cheerful night all the more jovial as guests tore up the dance floor leading up to the countdown.
We’re looking forward to seeing you again this year and hope you consider making Granlibakken your home away from home.
Friday, December 24th, 2010
As you all know, Granlibakken is a family-owned and operated resort. Today, we bring you holiday memories and cheer from Ron Parson, Owner and General Manager of Granlibakken.
Ron spent his childhood throughout Europe including Holland, Belgium and Switzerland where Christmas, or rather Sinterklaas, was celebrated on December 5th and 6th. Like Toni from Germany, Ron and his family would put shoes out on the front porch for St. Nicholas, who would fill them with candies, fruits and nuts the next morning. Over the years, Ron, Lauren and their four kids have carried these traditions on in their celebrations stateside placing wooden clogs on the porch, to be filled with Dutch candies, shipped from friends in Holland.
Ron’s mother directed the Christmas Pageant in Antwerp. Year after year, he would play the Little Drummer Boy. When he finally told his mother that he had outgrown the role, he was re-cast as the peddler. Ron’s brought the pageantry of his childhood to Granlibakken with the Torchlight Parade, visit from Santa Claus and most recently, Bjorn t’Party, our Viking in-residence. Just as his mother did, Ron’s cast his family in Granlibakken’s festival. His father plays Santa.
For Ron, the holidays have always been about family. With the holidays, the Parson family grows to include the extended Granlibakken family of Luis, Toni, Isti and the entire staff as well as Granlibakken’s friends in the Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City community.
On behalf of the Parson family, we at Granlibakken wish you a safe and merry holiday.
Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
Isti from Hungary (his full name is Istvan) is here to share holiday traditions from his home country of Hungary. Much like Luis and Toni, the family gathers and celebrates on Christmas Eve, the day the angels descend on Hungary. For Isti, his grandparents would visit taking the kids on a walk. They’d all remark on the trees adorned with lights, a symbol that the angels have come and gone with good tidings and gifts. Upon returning home, Isti’s father, greeting them in the dark, would as if the angels have been to their home, and with the clever flick of a switch, the Christmas tree would light up to glow upon all the gifts left by the angels.
To ask Isti more about traditions in his home country, stop by the front desk at Granlibakken.
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to Toni from Saxony, Germany. Toni’s career at Granlibakken started in 2004 as an accounting intern. Since then, she’s worn different hats around the resort. Today, you can find Toni managing the maintenance department or out on the ski hill instructing. She’s here to share her holiday traditions from East Germany.
On December 6th, Toni and her family would clean out their shoes and then leave one shoe outside the door to be filled with candy, fruits and nuts the next morning, much like our familiar tradition of hanging stockings on the fireplace.
Then four days before Christmas, Toni and her family would light three candles on the holiday wreath, leaving the last candle unlit until Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve is for decorating the tree and spending time with family. A walk is part of the day’s activities. And upon returning home, gifts are laying beneath the tree. Evening brings church performances and a homemade family dinner, which for Toni included potato salad, sauerkraut and bratwurst. Family visits continue into Christmas Day and the following with a traditional feast that includes either duck or rabbit, dumplings and red cabbage with dark gravy.
Throughout the winter, you’ll be hearing more from Toni – with her winter, ski instructor hat on. And when you visit the resort, you’ll surely see her running by so be sure to say “Guten Tag”!
Monday, December 20th, 2010
Over the next week, we’ll be introducing you to the Granlibakken family and sharing favorite holiday traditions from our international staff.
Today, we’d like you to meet Luis Ortiz, originally from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. For the past 9 years, Luis has worked at Granlibakken. Today, you can find him in the maintenance department.
For Luis, the Christmas holiday means gathering with family (usually 40-50 family members). Holiday celebrations begin 10 days before Christmas for the tree decoration. In addition to the ornaments and decorations on the tree, the manger is set up below the tree. On December 24th, family attends mass in the early evening. At midnight, they complete the manger scene with the placement of Baby Jesus. This is followed by the most festive part of the tradition – a family buffet of chicken, steak, pork, different salads and an assortment of sweets including chocolate, Panattone bread and dried fruit. Unlike other traditions in Bolivia like New Year’s and Independence Day, Christmas is about spending time with family.
This Christmas, Luis will spend it with his Granlibakken family with festivities beginning on December 24th with the Torchlight Parade and visit from Santa.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
With snow fall increasing rapidly throughout yesterday and into the evening, North Lake Tahoe awoke to as much as two feet of fresh powder at higher elevations. A pillowy blanket of snow covered Granlibakken’s sled and ski hill at sunrise this morning to add to the base layer now firmly in place from the Thanksgiving storms. The snow expected Friday and Saturday and into next week will make our Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and holiday festivities all the merrier.
Sunrise at Granlibakken
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Every year, the Tahoe City Rotary Club hosts a Sled and Santa Day at Granlibakken. Pack up the kids and join us on December 12th for free sledding plus gifts from Santa, who arrives, not by sleigh, but by Tahoe City fire truck. Festivities kick off at noon.
Santa's come to Granlibakken!
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Mother Nature knew that school was out this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately for parents, kids aren’t sleeping in. Awakened by the sound of plows followed by the quiet of snow, kids are clamoring to make that first snowman of the season and get out their sleds.
With over six feet of new, fluffy snow coating our historic hill (and more on the way), Granlibakken’s sled hill is officially open for the season. The new snow has made this Thanksgiving one of our most memorable in years! In addition to a home cooked dinner and the company of friends and family, visitors can look forward to the laughter that only comes from being bundled up from head to toe spinning down fresh white powder in a fluorescent green saucer.
6 feet of fresh snow welcomes you to Granlibakken's Sled Hill!
Snow "experts" testing out Granlibakken's Sled Hill for the season.
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
At Granlibakken, we’re preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our Vikings in-residence, Bjorn t’Party, Frida Romabout and Lars a’Loud, are here to share with us their favorite traditions from the harvest.
Frida's sweet tooth
I quite fancied the smoked pork with a side of fresh parsnips, turnips, onions and cabbage flavored with dill, thyme and marjoram. Since I have a sweet tooth, my favorite was porridge from barley and oats cooked with milk. And to make it even more decadent, I’d drop a dollop of butter on top.
Well it’s no surprise that you’ll always find me, horns in hand filled to the brim with beer. When Frida and I get together, you’ll even see me sipping the mead – a drink made from honey.
A toast from Bjorn
Yes, celebrations are certainly about the bounty. For me, they’re also about signing, dancing and storytelling. I can’t remember a grand celebration without family and friends at arm’s length, sharing tales and making new memories.
Lars "melodically" Loud
Our traditions exist here at Granlibakken with their generous holiday feasts, Christmas caroling and festivities and welcoming accommodations perfect for groups big and small. Whether you’re staying at home this Thanksgiving and perhaps cooking on your Viking range or eating leftovers while cheering on the Minnesota Vikings or joining us here at Granlibakken, we wish you a wonderful holiday. And don’t forget, everything’s better with horns on!